Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific
Family Seeks Justice in Mesothelioma Death Case
Even as a kid, Timothy Bostic was good with his hands, often making his own figurines to play with. Later, he helped his dad Harold do home renovations, and he continued to do such projects for most of his life. They often used a joint compound made by Georgia-Pacific. It contained asbestos.
It usually takes years for the nasty effects of asbestos to emerge. It can cause a rare cancer called mesothelioma, and the cancer cells attack the protective lining that covers most of the body’s organs. At age 40, and with a son of his own, Timothy Bostic was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He died at age 41.
His wife, son, and parents sued Georgia-Pacific and had to endure two trials when an appellate court set aside the result from the first. Both times, court documents showed Georgia-Pacific knew of the health hazards of asbestos as early as 1967. Yet, the company continued to sell asbestos-laden products for 10 more years.
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In both trials, juries found Georgia-Pacific negligent in failing to warn Mr. Bostic about the dangers of using their joint compound.
Years later, the Texas Supreme Court set aside the jury’s verdict, ruling that plaintiffs in cases such as ours must establish the dose of asbestos fibers they were exposed to by the defendant’s product and show that such exposure more than doubled the chances of contracting mesothelioma—a standard that makes prevailing in such cases in Texas difficult, if not impossible, to do.
But our Dallas trial lawyers will always remain proud of the fact that we represented Timothy Bostic, and proud that we fought for him and his family. It was the right thing to do.